Pork Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce & Pickled Radish Recipe

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Fresh Pork.  The opinions and text are all mine.  As soon as spring and summer hit, Andy and I became some serious grilling machines! Between fresh summer veggies and deliciously seasoned meat, we will throw practically everything on the grill! Each summer, we spend a lot of time experimenting with new recipes, but we also definitely have some go-to favorites. Over the years, we’ve tried out a lot of different summer recipes, but nothing compares to this one! This recipe for Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork Skewers with Chimichurri and Pickled Radish is one of our all-time favorite summer recipes! It comes together in minutes and packs some seriously savor-worthy flavors! I can’t wait for you all to try it! :)
 
 

 

One of our Favorite Pork Products

When it comes to picking out ingredients for our homemade meals, I am super picky! Especially when it comes to meats, I love having fresh, high quality ingredients to cook with. Andy loves to make fun of me for being so picky, but I can’t help it! It’s the Italian in me. ;) Quality ingredients just take any recipe to the next level. A few years back, Andy actually discovered this Smithfield® Fresh Pork and it’s become one of our go-tos! We both love eating and grilling pork, but so many times we would buy pork and it would dry out or fall apart almost immediately on the grill. So frustrating! But every time we’ve grilled with Smithfield, it has kept a seriously delicious flavor! The fact that it’s such high quality, and always so perfectly seasoned, makes it one of my absolute go-to meats for any kind of backyard get-together!
 

 

Smithfield® Fresh Pork Skewers

Freshly grilled pork skewers are just one of those simple dishes that never disappoints. Andy and I love throwing this recipe together on hectic summer evenings. The kids will both eat these skewers with no complaints, and Andy and I will definitely eat our fair share ;) The pork skewers themselves seriously take only minutes to make. We always start with a pack of Smithfield’s garlic and herb flavored pork. I love not having to deal with the hassle of marinating the meat and this flavor is so, so delicious! Once the pork is cut into small, bite-sized cubes, all you have to do is assemble them onto wood or metal skewers. Then just fire up the grill, add the skewers, and get ready for an amazing dinner in under 15 minutes!
 

 

How To Make Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is one of my all-time favorite sauces! The sauce itself has an amazing, tangy kick that pairs perfectly with any meat. Andy and I love pouring this chimichurri sauce over tons of our favorite recipes. The chimichurri sauce comes together in minutes and really brings a whole other flavor dimension to a classic meat dish! The best part of this heavenly chimichurri sauce is how simple it is to make!
 

 

Homemade Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients

For a homemade chimichurri, add all of your ingredients to a food processor and pulse until it’s all combined. As your food processor is running, don’t forget to add your olive oil in a steady stream though for a classic chimichurri sauce! Once the sauce sets in the fridge for a few hours, you have the perfect summer grilling sauce! I totally recommend making this chimichurri in bulk, because once you taste it, I promise you’ll want tons and tons! ;) 
 

 

 
  

How To Make A Pickled Radish

 Okay so I totally know that a pickled radish is not a recipe you hear about all the time. But you guys- pickled veggies and pickled radishes are so amazing! When it comes to any kind of grilling or grilled meats, adding pickled veggies is a non-negotiable for me. The salty, vinegar taste is the perfect little kick to any grilled dish! Be sure to make your pickled radish before starting your chimichurri though. This way, your radish has enough time to pickle as your chimichurri sets and you prep your pork! 
 

 

How To Serve Pork Skewers

 Skewers truly are the best meal for a summer barbeque because they’re soooooo easy to serve. You just take your skewers hot off the grill, and add them to any serving plate you like! 
 

 

Fun Toppings for Skewers

You can let your guests pour on their own amount of chimichurri sauce or drizzle it across the skewers for them. Just add a few spoonfuls of the pickled radish and you’re ready to eat! For an extra little pop for your presentation, you can also get creative with any leftover radishes. I love the idea of using a potato peeler to create thin radish layers or ribbons to add. The red and white color of the radishes would be the prettiest garnish on top of the chimichurri! Be sure to make any garnish ahead of time though, because once these skewers start cooking, they will be hard to resist! ;)
 

 
What are some of your favorite summer barbecue recipes? Have any of you used Smithfield Pork before for a meal or recipe? I can hardly wait to experiment with even more grilling recipes and dishes this summer, so share any secret recipes you may have!  

Where to find Smithfield Pork Products

For all of your grilling needs, visit your grocery store  to pick up Smithfield Fresh Pork.  You can find it in the fresh meat section. You can purchase Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork at your local Albertsons or Safeway (NorCal, SoCal, Portland, Denver, Intermountainwest).  You can also score it from Shaws, Jewel OR UnitedSupermarkets.com   Loved this recipe?  You can find more grilling recipes at http://www.smithfieldgetgrilling.com.  To get inspiration from the Smithfield Championship Pitmasters visit http://www.SmithfieldGetGrilling.com. And last but not least, for more amazing grilling content you can visit http://www.facebook.com/cookingwithsmithfield.

GRILLED PORK SKEWERS WITH CHIMICHURI AND PICKLED RADISH

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This recipe for Pork Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce and Pickled Radishes is one of our all-time favorite summer recipes! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and packs some seriously savor-worthy flavors! It's the perfect recipe for summer barbecues and get-togethers!

Ingredients

Grilled Pork Skewers

  • 1 Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin (we used the garlic and herb flavor)
  • Wood or Metal Skewers (if using wood, soak for at least 20 minutes in water)

Pickled Radish

  • 3 cups sliced radish
  • 2 cups unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove diced
  • 1/2 black peppercorn (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seed (optional)

Chimichurri

  • 1 cup packed Italian parsley 
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 4 medium garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 tsp diced oregano
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbs sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Grilled Pork

  • Cut pork loin into bite sized cubes and thread onto skewer.  
  • Place skewers on grill. Make sure to turn each skewer approximately every 1-2 minutes.
  • Grill skewers for an entire time of 10 minutes total or until pork is fully cooked.
  • Serve and garnish skewers with diced cilantro and chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri

  • Place parsley, garlic, oregano, vinegar, salt, and pepper in food processor. Process ingredients together until finely chopped. While the food processor is running, add extra-virgin olive oil in a steady stream.
  • Scrape sides of food processor and pulse a few times to combine ingredients uniformly.
  • Refrigerate and allow 1-2 hours for flavors to meld. 

Pickled radish

  • Bring vinegar, sugar, and 1/4 cup water to a boil together in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir to dissolve sugar.
  • Allow ingredients to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Place radishes in a mason jar.  Add your pickling liquid.
  • Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving.  Enjoy!

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Barbecue

 

Credits

Recipe by Melissa Johnson. Photos for BFFF by Andy Johnson.

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